It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault. In two precision operations that involved people in more than two dozen countries acting in close coordination and with surgical precision, thieves stole $45 million from thousands of A.T.M.'s in a matter of hours.
In New York City alone, the thieves responsible for A.T.M. withdrawals struck 2,904 machines over 10 hours starting on Feb. 19, withdrawing $2.4 million.
The operation included sophisticated computer experts operating in the shadowy world of Internet hacking, manipulating financial information with the stroke of a few keys, as well as common street criminals, who used that information to loot the automated teller machines.
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State Senate President Stephen Sweeney this morning joined in calls for the resignation of Newark Archbishop John J. Myers over his supervision of a priest who violated a lifetime ban on working with children.
Sweeney (D-Gloucester) joins Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) in seeking Myers' ouster. Advocates for victims of sexual abuse also have demanded Myers step down.
While politicians rarely venture into the affairs of the Roman Catholic church, let alone demand the resignation of an archbishop, Myers' handling of the Rev. Michael Fugee has drawn sharp criticism from across the country.
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Prince Harry’s U.S. tour is in full swing now, and while Americans – especially actress Mia Farrow – are excited to see what shenanigans he will get himself into this time, no doubt the Royal family is hoping he focuses on supporting his charitable causes, not creating mayhem.
So far, so good. When the 28-year-old landed in Washington D.C. Thursday afternoon, he went straight to the nation’s Capitol to check out a HALO Trust exhibit about landmine removal, an issue that his late mother Princess Diana championed. The 28-year-old prince got to hang out with the 76-year-old Arizona Senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, and he’s already entertained young children at a White House reception honoring military families with First Lady Michelle Obama. A soldier himself, the prince will visit Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers’ graves at Arlington National Cemetery Friday and chat with wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital.
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Steve Byrnes was cut badly on his face but says a mailbox absorbed most of the shrapnel that would have hit his lower body when the second bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon. He tells Anderson Cooper that he remembers everything about the blast.
His clothes were burned off his body and he believes he was inches away from losing his legs the way his friends did – four out of five lost limbs. "It was just absolute chaos. I saw things that, you know, I wish I didn't see," he says.
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